Class 9 English Grammar Determiners

Class 9 English Grammar Determiners, NCERT/SCERT Class 9 English Grammar Notes to each Syllabus wise provided in the list of SEBA Class 9 English Grammar Determiners can be of great value to excel in the examination.

Class 9 English Grammar Determiners

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Class 9 English Grammar Determiners Notes cover all the exercise questions in Assam Board SEBA Textbooks. The SEBA Class 9 English Grammar provided here ensures a smooth and easy understanding of all the concepts. Understand the concepts behind every chapter and score well in the board exams.



The words which indicate nouns are called Determiners. They come before nouns to show how the nouns are being used. Pure noun determiners are seven in number. These have no other function except to determine nouns.

the                  my                   our
a/an                 your                their


(i) Few, a few, the few (used with countable nouns)

Few has a negative meaning – almost none, hardly any. 

e.g. I have few friends in this town.

A few means some. It is used in the positive sense.

e.g. I have a few friends in this town.

The few means not many, but all that there are.

e.g. The few friends I had, left Guwahati last week. 

(ii) Little, a little, the little (used with uncountable nouns)

Little has a negative meaning. It means almost nothing. 

e.g. There is little hope of his recovery.

A little means a small quantity, some though not much. It is used in the positive sense. 

e.g. I am a little tired.

The little means not much, but whatever there is.

e.g. The little hope I had is gone. 

(iii) Few, little

Few is used before countable nouns.

Little is used for uncountable nouns. 

e.g. He has few friends..

e.g. There is a little milk in the glass.

(iv) Much, many

Much is used with uncountable nouns. 

Many is used with countable nouns.

e.g. Much work is yet to be done. 

e.g. Many plates were broken.

(v) Each, every 

Each is used when the number is limited. 

Every is used when the number is unlimited.

e.g. Each of them is to be blamed for the accident.

Every Indian is a peace-loving person.

(vi) Some, any 

Some is used in an affirmative sentence.

Any is used in a negative sentence. 

We use both some and any in an interrogative sentence.

e.g. Some men are honest. 

He did not meet any of his friends.

(vii) The

The must be used before the names of valleys, rivers, canals, seas, oceans, deserts and forests. 

e.g. the Ganga, the Panama Canal, the Thar desert, the Pacific Ocean, etc.

Put the before the names of shops, business houses, industrial concerns, banks, etc. 

e.g. the State Bank of India, the Grand Hotel, etc.

But do not used the when they begin with a personal name. 

e.g. Nehru Stadium, Vishal Megamart, etc

Use the before nouns which name the inhabitants of a country: collectively.

e.g. The Japanese won the war.

However, the should not be used if the people in question are thought of individually.

e.g. Japanese are short statured.

Always use the before the names of ships and trains, no matter whether they form part of the name itself. 

e.g. The Sealdah Express. 

However, the should not be used if the name of a particular type of vehicle is used to name a means of travel. 

e.g. We shall go to Kolkata by aeroplane.

(viii) An

Use an before a word beginning with a vowel sound.

e.g. an orange, an umbrella, an ass, an honest man, an heir, etc. 

N.B. An is used with words like hour, honest, heir, which begin with a vowel sound, as the initial consonant h is not pronounced.

(ix) A 

a is used –

in its original numerical sense of one. (before countable singular nouns beginning with a consonant)

e.g. Ten years make a decade. 

in the vague sense of a certain. 

e.g. A Sumit Kumar is suspected to have done this crime 

(a certain person named Sumit Kumar)

in the sense of any, to single out an individual as the representative of a class.

e.g. A dog is a faithful animal.

before a proper noun which takes the meaning of a common noun.

e.g. He thinks he is a Gandhi.

before a word beginning with a vowel having a consonant sound.

e.g. a useful tool, a one-rupee coin.


Put the correct determiners wherever necessary :

(i) There is ____ dirt on this cap.

(ii)  Tell her to purchase ____ ticket.

(iii) There are _____ apples in the basket.

(iv) There are ____ buses at this hour.

(v) They held ____ reception in his honour.

(vi) He hurt his leg in ____ accident.

(vii) Are there _____  lemons in the kitchen?

(viii) My father is ______ honourable man.


(i) a little

(ii) a

(iii) many

(iv) few

(v) a

(vi) an

(vii) any

(viii) an

Some Previous Year’s Questions

(ix) Switzerland is _____  European country. (a/an/the). 

(x) There are just _____ apples left. (few/a few/the few). 

(xi) Do you need ____ help from me ? (any/some/little).

(xii) I earn ____ money than you. (little/more/least). 

(xiii) There are only ____ girls in our class. (few/a few/the few).

(xiv) I want _____ milk. (many/any/some). 

(xv) ____ elephant is a large animal. (a/an/the). 

(xvi) He is a man of _____ words. (few/a few/the few).  

(xvii) My father is _____ honourable man. (a/an/the).

(xviii) With _____ help from you, I can do the job. (little/a little/the little). 

(xix) We will stay here for _____ while. (a/the/an).

(xx) They had only _____ money left. (little/a little/the little). 

(xxi) I can depend on ____  friends I have. (few/a few/ the few). 

(xxii) I received ____  help from him. (many/more/much). 

(xxiii) I have to manage with ______  money I earn. (a little/the little). 

(xxiv) _____ guidance from you will be enough for me. (little/a little/the little. 

(xxv) I am grateful for _____ help he gave me. (a little/the little).

(xxvi) He gave away ____ money he had to the beggar. (little/a little/ the little).

(xxvii) I got ___ help from my mother than from my father. (much/ more/most).

(xxvii) _____ woman can do that. (any/some).


(ix) a 

(x) a few

(xi) any

(xii) more 

(xiii) a few

(xiv) some

(xv) the

(xvi) few

(xvii) an

(xviii) a little

(xix) a 

(xx) a little

(xxi) the few

(xxii) much

(xxiii) the little

(xxiv) a little

(xxv) the little

(xxvi) the little

(xxvii) more

(xxviii) any

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